Wednesday, 14th June 2006
The Saudi Prince And His Chequebook
Tunisia vs Saudi Arabia
Since 1985, Tunisia and Saudi Arabia have both won (1:0) at home.
Both captains wore number thirteen for Tunisia and Saudi Arabia, as Munich staged its
second World Cup Finals match.
The only positive aspect from the first twenty minutes of this match,
was that it could only get better.
In the twenty-third minute, a long free kick bounced off two Saudi
players in the penalty area and fell for Tunisia's Zied Jaziri, to scissor kick into the
Other than that, not really a first-half worth wasting too many words
A Saudi prince waved his flag, as the teams came out for the second
half, and looked extremely happy; probably because he wasn't going to be paying out any
Maybe the players saw his grin and wanted to wipe the smile off his
face, by forcing him to get his chequebook out after the game.
Twelve minutes later, the Saudi Arabia team were bowing down and
kissing the turf; after Yasser Al Kahtani had shaken off two Tunisian defenders, on a run
to the near post, and slipped Mohammed Noor's right-wing cross past Ali Boumnijel.
Then five minutes from time, Sami Al Jaber (replacing goalscorer
Yasser Al Kahtani) had only been on the pitch two minutes, when he ran into plenty of
space on the left and fired acrossAli Boumnijel; to put Saudi Arabia in front.
With relief, the Saudi prince put his wallet back as Radhi Jaidi
equalised for Tunisia, in injury-time.
From a drab, dismal, damp squib of a start by two World Cup
lightweights we actually had football drama of heavyweight quality at the end.
Tunisia 2 - Saudi Arabia 2
1:0 Zied Jaziri (23)
1:1 Yasser Al Kahtani (57)
1:2 Sami Al Jaber (85)
2:2 Radhi Jaidi (93)
Tunisia: (Captain Riadh
1 Ali Boumnijel; 3 Karim Haggui, 6 Hatem Trabelsi, 15 Radhi Jaidi,
18 David Jemmali; 12 Jaouhar Mnari, 13 Riadh Bouazizi, 14 Adel Chedli,
20 Hamed Namouchi; 5 Zied Jaziri, 9 Yacine Chikhaoui.
Saudi Arabia: (Captain Hussein
21 Mabrouk Zaid; 2 Ahmed Dokhi, 3 Redha Tukar, 4 Hamad Al Montashari, 13 Hussein Sulimani;
6 Omar Al Ghamdi, 8 Mohammed Noor, 14 Saud Khariri, 16 Khaled Aziz, 18 Nawaf Al Temyat; 20
Yasser Al Kahtani.
Mark Shield (Australia)
54 Mins (Tunisia) - 8 Mehdi Nafti on for 13 Riadh Bouazizi
66 Mins (Saudi Arabia) - 23 Malek Mouath on for 18 Nawaf Al Temyat
69 Mins (Tunisia) - 10 Kaies Ghodhbane on for 14 Adel Chedli
75 Mins (Saudi Arabia) - 7 Mohammed Ameen on for 8 Mohammed Noor
82 Mins (Saudi Arabia) - 9 Sami Al Jaber on for 20 Yasser Al Kahtani
35 Mins - Karim Haggui (Tunisia)
36 Mins - Riadh Bouazizi (Tunisia)
65 Mins - Adel Chedli (Tunisia)
79 Mins - Yacine Chikhaoui (Tunisia)
0 Red Cards.
2006 World Cup Finals - Knockout Stage.
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